“Opening” Artist Bios

Neil Bickerton is an artist who lives in Glasgow.

Gwenan Davies is a painter based between Glasgow, Abergele and London. She has a BA from UWIC, Cardiff, and an MFA from Bard College, New York. She works in painting, drawing and writing, working diaristically to explore the ubiquitous everyday or mundane, its matter and its make-up.

Sam Drake (Brighton, UK, 1993) graduated in 2016 from his bachelor Fine Arts at The Glasgow School of Art and gained an MFA in Painting from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2019. During these years of study, he has been a recipient of numerous awards, such as two grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, The Richard Ford Award and a RISD Fellowship. He has also contributed to exhibitions at Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh, RSA New Contemporaries, Edinburgh, amongst others. Drake lives and works in Glasgow, UK.

Louise Evans is an artist born in London, living and working in Glasgow. She graduated from Wimbledon College of Art (2012) with a BA in Fine Art Painting and is currently participating on the Turps Banana, Correspondence Course (22-24). Evans’ paintings explore ideas of marking time, actions and events through a succession of visual considerations and process-led methods. Evolving surfaces of paint are formed in an act of concealing, revealing,  and manipulating the material. Evans’ ongoing preoccupation with edges is central to her practice: paint often extends beyond the edges of the support – in response to the formal relationships within it – thus enhancing its status as an object.

Giovanni Giacoia Born: Basilicata, Italy. Lives and works in Glasgow. He is currently a Course Leader in Applied Arts at the CoGC in the Craft & Design Department. Giovanni is a visual artist interested in working in painting while also testing and stretching the idiom of painting into other spheres. For instance, textile, video, and sculptural forms. Informed by the way his body moves through space and experience, Giovanni’s work deals with larger themes of communication, language and the mechanics of abstraction.

Maggie Hills Magpie-like, Maggie Hills picks up found images from a range of sources, from advertising signs and toilet graffiti to scenes photographed from the TV, which she uses as the starting point for paintings.
Originally from Nottingham, Maggie studied Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh and Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art. Since graduating, she has received a number of awards including a CORE Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, ACME’s Fire Station Residency in London, the Durham Cathedral Artist in Residency, and grants from the Arts Council and British Council. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Germany and the UK. Maggie lives and works in Glasgow.

Jamie Limond (b.1993) currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Recent shows include Homage to those green things where I found you (iota, Glasgow, 2023), Moderato Cantible (Stoppenbach & Delestre, London 2022), and a mean idea to call my own… (Pleinkamer, Amsterdam, 2021). He is one half of Painting Nerds, a YouTube channel making films about painting. He has also written on art for Frieze, The Herald, Burlington Contemporary, The Drouth, a-n The Artists Information Company, and MAP Magazine.

Graham Lister is a painter and researcher based in Glasgow, Scotland. Ideas connected to how artist’s studios are used and how painted explorations of surface textures/ repeated mark-making processes can be positioned in new and interesting ways form the core of his work. His paintings have been shown in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. He works as a Lecturer in the Department of Painting and Printmaking and as a Widening Participation Tutor at the Glasgow School of Art.

Samuel O’Donnell (b.1992) lives and works in Glasgow. Recent shows include Homage to those green things where I found you (iota, Glasgow, 2023), From the Big Splash to the Last Splash (Terrace Gallery, London 2023) and was shortlisted for the Contemporary British Painting Prize (Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield & Thames-side Gallery, London 2022). He completed a residency at Dumfries House with the Royal Drawing School in 2021. He is the other half of Painting Nerds, a YouTube channel making films about painting. He is the founder of A_Place Gallery.

Jon Pinn (b.1987, Wimbledon) studied Painting at Brighton University graduating in 2009, then Glasgow School of Art in 2016. He has participated in group shows across the UK and the US including ‘Deviations’, House of Annetta, London, ‘In-Between the Flurry’, Below Grand, New York, ‘Wedges’, Mercer-Chance, London and co-curated ‘Pendolino’, New Glasgow Society, Glasgow. He currently lives and works in London.

Richard Walker is a Scottish painter based in South Ayrshire. His recent work is based on staged sets constructed in the studio. He has been the recipient of awards including from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Creative Scotland and The Hope Scott Trust, and has taken part in residencies in Berwick Upon Tweed, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut and an RSA residency in Haining House, Selkirk. He has a forthcoming solo show in November at AMG5.

Daisy Weir is a painter and ceramicist from Glasgow. Using abstract painting as the primary focus of her practice, Daisy examines moments of time experienced personally and deconstructs them. To deconstructing memories in the shape of film photography, heirlooms and found objects, to rebuilding the narrative of memory and moment through abstraction and experimental framing of her paintings. The ceramic additions on Daisy's work reimagines the idea of framing paintings and helps to expand the tranquility of the painted moment.

Sarah Wilson born Glasgow, 1992 completed a BA (Hons) in Painting and Printmaking from The Glasgow School of Art in 2014.

Amy Winstanley (born 1983, UK) is an artist based in Glasgow. She has a MA from the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (2017-19) and a BA (Hons) in Sculpture from the Edinburgh College of Art (2001-05). Recent solo exhibitions include Slim Glimpses at Cample Line, Dumfriesshire (2023), Lost Hap at Margot Samel, New York (2023), Moral Limb at Stallan-Brand, Glasgow (2021) and Grief Bruise at Lunchtime Gallery, Glasgow (2021). Recent group exhibitions include Tangible/Intangible at The Haberdashery, Glasgow (2022), Strangers at Rongwrong, Amsterdam (2022), Potluck at Gallery 17717, Seoul (2021), To All Our Absent Dialogues, Warbling Collective, London (2020). Amy is represented by Margot Samel gallery, New York.
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